Amritsar: President of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee Kirpal Singh Badungar attended a meeting with GST council, where he termed the imposition of GST on Holy shrines is unfortunate. Prof. Badungar said that the central government is doing the same even after knowing everything. He said that in Gurdwara Sahib other facilities including langar are provided without any discrimination, but in spite of this, the Govt. has imposed GST.
Prof. Badungar said that during the meeting, Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley gave a lot of exemption to many traders. But GST imposed at the shrines is highly condemnable and added that they would oppose the decision.
He said that SGPC have written a letter to the entire members of the GST council including the Prime Minister, the Finance Minister and MPs, which the government has ignored. He said that he would again write a letter to the country’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley on this matter. Speaking at the information center of Darbar Sahib here today, he said that the Punjab government should make the report of Justice Zora Singh Commission public. He went there to attend the Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Ram Das Ji at Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib.
He said that Justice Ranjit Singh commission created by the Congress government in Punjab to investigate the incidents of disrespect and the incident of Behbal Kalan was unprofessional. He said that before this, Justice Zora Singh Commission appointed by the previous Akali government had given its inquiry report, but by making a new commission and rejecting the previous commission after coming into power by Congress, the question arises.
He said that any Justice-based inquiry commission does a fair investigation but the Congress government is also suspicious to impose a fair inquiry by the Commission. He told the Punjab government should bother to publish the report of Justice Zora Singh Commission. He said that the incidents of irregularities were unfortunate and the forces operating behind it should also come out, but for this, India and the state governments should intensify their intelligence systems on this point.
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